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Dive Into Full Site Editing

The past few weekends I’ve been spending my time trying to wrap my head around the best possible way for me to go from developing Classic Themes and moving closer to full Block Themes.

This week’s issue provides links to some of the tools I’ve found that have helped me gain a much better grasp on how we can:

  • Learn useful full site editing techniques available to use right now;
  • Develop themes that can use both Classic and Block theme methodologies;
  • And utilize the Theme.json settings to their full potential.

Hope you enjoy and that these ease at least some of the anxiety and apprehension you might also have with moving to full site editing. ❤️

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1. Simple & Concise Tutorials

One of the things I’ve had a hard time understanding is a straight forward, insider understanding of how far along the full site editing implementation has gone so far and what is honestly OK to use compared to what we should stay away from until it’s more evolved. Carolina Nymark’s project has helped me gain all this knowledge an more. Updated frequently, Carolina provides an overview of how to work with full site editing from both a developer viewpoint and a builder viewpoint (folks used to Elementor, etc…).

This is the first place I’d start on your journey in full site editing. Once you’ve gone through everything here, I’d then recommend checking out the in depth, advance walk throughs at Learn WordPress

Examples of Blockbase Child Themes seen on

2. Blockbase Theme: A Universal Theme Template

A large disconnect I’ve had is understanding how can we transition smoothly from Classic Theme building to Block Theme building, from both admin experience and developer experience standpoints. Let me introduce you to Universal Themes. I was extremely surprised I had not heard of these before but it’s not for a lack of trying on Automattic’s part.

A Universal theme is a block theme that can use the Full Site Editor but can also be configured in a more classic way. That means that you can use classic WordPress tools, like the Customizer, Menus and Widgets dashboards as well as the Site Editor.

Ben Dwyer, ThemeShaper

This valuable, albeit temporary solution, can enable many of us to start creating our themes now with Block Theming concepts while still allowing us to insert some Classic Theming needs that have not been fully developed yet.

Screenshot of the ThemeGen web app.

3. ThemeGen: A Theme.JSON File Generator 🔥

One of the things that can drive you mad in the current Block Editor is the lack of settings in p…..

Curated by Daniel Schutzsmith
Web Development and Design Manager Specializing in WordPress Enterprise for Government and Nonprofit Organizations.Got a tip? DMs are open!

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